An update to our premier arcade/puzzle game is available.
Digital Gamecraft has published Demolish! Pairs 1.10 on the App Store, where you can buy it for only $3.99 (US). This is, of course, a free upgrade for all existing customers, downloadable from the ‘Updates’ tab on the App Store.
Download and play Demolish! Pairs now!
Demolish! Pairs 1.10 is an upgrade that updates the program interface for iOS 7.x and adds 64-bit support. For more information on the game, please visit DemolishPairs.com.
While supplies last, readers of this Gamecraft blog may receive a code for a free copy of the game simply by sending an email request to email@example.com.
Please… Download and Enjoy!
Our first “Free-to-Play” game is now available in the App Store.
Demolish! Pairs FTP, the free-to-play iPad version of Demolish! Pairs, our hit arcade/puzzle game, has now been released on the App Store. Price: FREE
Download and play Demolish! Pairs FTP here (no charge).
This version is our initial (and, perhaps, terminal) entry into the mobile free-to-play marketplace. We would truly like to see this fun game in the hands of as many players as possible, and if we can recoup something for our efforts (on a simple game that took more than a dozen years, during which time half of the development team died), that would be nice, too. Seriously, it is important to us to get this product as widely spread as possible for the integrity of the data/results, which I intend to (mostly) share on this blog.
Download and Enjoy… and then please Rate and Review it on the App Store!
Our iPad Solitaire game with 500 games is now available.
Pretty Good Solitaire for iPad is now available in the App Store for the low price of only $9.99 US. That is less than 2 pennies per game!
Pretty Good Solitaire Touch Edition contains 500(!) games, which gives you more different ways to play Solitaire on your iPad than any other app. Just to sweeten the pot, we have included another 70 bonus games, which are variations on included games providing slightly or significantly different challenges.
This is the best iPad Solitaire game, bar none.
There are many nice, new features and, of course, lots of games, which are detailed on the PGSTE web page. While visiting, you can also check out the new website design at Goodsol.com, which also includes all of our Windows Games and Mac Games.
This Pretty Good Solitaire release is the culmination of years of development effort on the Goodsol Solitaire Engine. Of course, this does not mean that we are done… Oh, no! We have already started beta testing for the second development phase (first updates) on our iPad games, and now the cross pollination among Windows, Mac, and iPad continues, with popular iPad features being added to the engine for Mac and Windows, and the core GSE product for Windows rapidly approaching the 810 games in the flagship game.
When I am not developing games, or playing Demolish! Pairs, I am frequently enjoying Pretty Good Solitaire on my iPad. Really.
Our arcade/puzzle game has been released!
Digital Gamecraft has published Demolish! Pairs on the App Store, where you can now buy it for only $1.99 (for a limited time only).
Demolish! Pairs represents a true milestone. This is the first truly self-published title we have released in more than 23 years, and at the same time, it is the very last title on which we worked with our late friend and partner, Rick Tumanis, who did most of the artwork, and all of the sounds, for this game prior to his passing in 2011.
We are providing a limited number of free review copies to press (traditional or online) and, indeed, to the first three people who send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us you read about Demolish! Pairs on this Gamecraft blog. [Editor note: Press copies are still available, but the giveaway codes are gone.]
Please… Download and Enjoy!
Our latest iPad Solitaire game is now available in the App Store.
Goodsol Solitaire 101 was approved, last week, by Apple, so it is now available in the App Store for only $5.99!
Goodsol Solitaire 101 Touch Edition includes (not surprisingly) the same 101 Solitaire games as the Windows and Mac Editions. Additionally, this version includes 34 bonus game variants, as well as all of your favorites from Most Popular Solitaire Touch Edition and A Little Solitaire.
So far, all of our reviews are 5 stars, including:
- “Without a doubt, this is the best solitaire app on the market.”
- “A great variety of games, some challenging, some soothing but all well presented and easy to work with. And fun.”
Aside from extra games, Goodsol Solitaire 101 Touch Edition adds new features not available in any other Goodsol product. The deal selection has been adjusted to allow players to select any of more than 2.1 billion deals, which are compatible with Windows and Mac products, but a player can also select to replay a game, and the new result replaces the older one. Additionally, a player can arbitrarily delete individual results, which is a capability often requested by customers. Both of these two features can be expected to make appearances in Windows and Mac OS X products at some point.
Before that, though… Pretty Good Solitaire Touch Edition is on its way!
We have another Solitaire game for iPad in the App Store.
Apple approved Most Popular Solitaire, our third Solitaire game for iPad, yesterday; it is now available in the App Store for only $3.99!
Most Popular Solitaire is a collection of 30 of the most popular Solitaire games, exactly as the title implies. These games include Klondike (a.k.a., “Solitaire”), FreeCell, and Spider, as well as more unusual forms of patience such as Crazy Quilt. There are games of many different types, including Pyramid, Forty Thieves, Aces Up, Canfield, Golf, La Belle Lucie, Cruel, Scorpion, and Yukon, plus 17 more games, and “if you act now” you will also receive 13 bonus variations of these games.
The initial release of this latest app has the same basic features as A Little Solitaire Touch Edition and FreeCell Plus Touch Edition, albeit with many more games. The next two Solitaire apps from the Goodsol Solitaire for iPad page will add some additional features, based on customer feedback from the earlier releases.
What our customers are saying:
- “Awesome. Best solitaire anywhere. Am looking forward to all the new fun you’ve planned for updates.”
- “This is an excellent group of Solitaire games. I enjoy the ‘touch’ autojump feature. Graphics are excellent on the iPad.”
- “I have been playing both their solitaire and mahjongg PC games for years. Love their products. [The iPad games] they’ve loaded are excellent.”
Get your copy from the App Store today!
Now our second iOS title is available in the App Store.
Yesterday, Apple approved Goodsol FreeCell Plus, our second Solitaire game for iPad, and it is now available in the App Store for only $1.99!
Goodsol FreeCell Plus is a collection of 12 different FreeCell variants, including FreeCell itself, as well as some other very popular games, such as Eight Off, Penguin, and Sea Towers, plus 8 more. The title also includes 3 different card sets, 16 back designs, and features all of the quality gameplay you expect from us. As a bonus, free of charge, you also get the cherished “Goodsol” branding because, oddly, Apple does not allow both iOS and Mac OS X games to have the same name, even from the same developer.
FreeCell Plus is just starting to climb the charts, and we anticipate a decent spike when the next Goodsol newsletter announces it. Last week, A Little Solitaire climbed to #1 in Card Games, with a 5-star rating, and I expect that FreeCell Plus will perform similarly.
You will see on the Goodsol Solitaire for iPad page that “App 3” is being prepared for beta testing. If you think you know what that title will be, you are probably correct. 🙂
Our first iOS title is now available in the App Store!
On Friday, Apple approved A Little Solitaire, our first Solitaire game for iPad (of several), and it is now available in the App Store for only 99 cents!
A Little Solitaire is, as suggested by the name, a small collection with 9 of the most popular computer Solitaire games. This includes Klondike (a.k.a., Solitaire) [4 variants], FreeCell [2 variants], and Spider, with its Spider One Suit (easy) and Spider Two Suits (average) variants. The product includes 3 different card sets, as well as 16 back designs, and features all of the quality gameplay you expect from Goodsol Development (and our implementation 🙂 ).
Over the weekend, A Little Solitaire has hovered just outside the Top 50 in its category, Card Games (i.e., Games->Card), where it remains (for the moment) on the front page. It has a few reviews, but I am particularly pleased by this 5 Star review:
“Wow — I have been waiting so long for this app for the IPAD. Nicely done as I would not expect anything else from this developer. I have the Mac games and THANKS for the IPAD version. Will look forward to more apps and graphics are nice, game play is like it should be played. THANKS!!!!“
This makes me feel that the effort to make a quality game was appreciated. A mediocre review based solely on games that a reviewer would rather have… not so much.
Check it out, and please let us know what you think.
There’s a hole in my schedule, Dear Liza, Dear Liza.
For the first time in years, my game development time is entirely my own. Today was the first day of business since late 2001 on which I did not have a time obligation to a consulting client. Feels weird. 😉
Having made arrangements with our largest client to take a short hiatus (while we weather the vicissitudes of App Store reviewers), we did have an interesting quasi-game project penciled into the schedule. Unfortunately, as happens all too often in this industry, as we were warming up the fountain pen, the prospective client proved to be yet another “tire kicker” not actually serious about having the project produced professionally.
So, this means that…
You, yes you, can retain a professional game developer with more than 30 years of industry experience to design, program, or consult on your project.
Currently, I am actively working on Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS projects, with C++ and Objective-C code, though my abilities range far beyond those. I have particular knowledge of quality control, artificial intelligence, and traditional games. For more information [serious inquiries only]: email@example.com
Of course, I am actually reveling in having the extra development time for Digital Gamecraft projects, starting with Demolish! Pairs, for which there will be a number of announcements in the coming days and weeks.
The only thing (and the real point of this post) is… I need to get used to having all of my time for these projects. At the moment, I still habitually kick into time management mode, making sure that I stay on top of everything that needs to be done for each client. For now, I suppose, I am my only client. That works. 🙂
After months (years) in development, it is nearly here.
Today, Goodsol Development (almost) announced our upcoming iPad games in their newsletter (issue #176).
In the “iPad Versions Coming” section, Thomas Warfield indicates that there are now development updates at http://www.goodsol.com/ipad. The first two planned releases are still called “App 1” and “App 2” (not their actual names 🙂 ); for a little bit of intrigue and fun, I have included the iPad icon for the former above. Feel free to submit your guesses for the actual name.
“And, by the way, I think the iPad games are going to be very good.
We’ve spent a long time trying to make them up to the standards of our
Windows and Mac games.”
As another Gamecraft exclusive, I can tell you that the app attached to the above icon has now entered “release candidate” status, as we prepare to run the gauntlet of Apple App Store submission. Stay tuned…